It's all about the voice. A big, blues belter of a voice, a voice that's lived a little, that knows things, that hints huskily of hidden mysteries. It was the voice that drew people in, when they heard its siren call over MySpace, and producers who got in touch asking for guest vocals were always surprised to find that it belonged to a slip of a girl from a large Irish family in Birmingham.
"My voice was always the loudest one in the room," laughs Clare Maguire. "I loved performing at family parties, and at school when I was bored, I'd get up on the desk and sing. The teachers thought I was mad, but it's how I connect: telling a story in song, and seeing people react to that. When I'm talking, it's far harder for me to express myself."